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How can I lose 10 pounds in 10 days?

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The fastest way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than are burned each day and by increasing exercise. Reducing sodium and starch intake helps reduce fluid retention, which can cause up to five pounds of water weight loss at the start of a new diet.

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A deficit of 500 calories per day can lead to a one- to two-pound loss per week, since a pound of fat is roughly 3500 calories. When combined with a loss of water weight, this can cause a drastic amount of weight loss within the initial ten days of a diet. Those who are significantly overweight can safely lose more weight each week without negative health effects.

Replacing calorie-filled drinks such as soda with water instantly reduces calorie intake. Filling up meals with low-calorie vegetables is also a good way to stay full and feel satisfied, while staying within a calorie deficit each day. Cardio exercises burn more calories than strength workouts, so they are better for quick, healthy weight loss. Interval training also helps burn more calories, though it takes more time for this to be as effective. Keeping a journal of food intake and exercise helps create a visual representation of daily calories, as well as creating accountability that can keep a dieter on track.

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